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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

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A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.

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John Moore

Writers:

Jim Thomas (story) (as James Thomas), John Thomas (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Burnett
Gene Hackman ... Reigart
Gabriel Macht ... Stackhouse
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Rodway
Joaquim de Almeida ... Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)
David Keith ... O'Malley
Olek Krupa ... Lokar
Vladimir Mashkov ... Tracker
Marko Igonda ... Bazda
Eyal Podell ... Petty Officer Kennedy
Geoff Pierson ... Admiral Donnelly
Aernout Van Lynden Aernout Van Lynden ... Aernout Van Lynden
Sam Jaeger ... Red Crown Operator #1
Shane Johnson ... Red Crown Operator #2 (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
Don Winston Don Winston ... Red Crown Operator #3
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Storyline

Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Mission: to evade and survive See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

30 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind Enemy Lines See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,736,133, 2 December 2001

Gross USA:

$58,856,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,753,202
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The heat images of soldiers are actually one guy walking around holding a broomstick. See more »

Goofs

When Stackhouse and Burnett decide to fly off-course during their recon flight, the fighter turns to the left, but when the crew of the aircraft carrier are tracking their flight on the computer map, it appears that the fighter turns to the right. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Piquet: Admiral, what's going on down there?
Admiral Reigart: We have an F18 shot down over southern Bosnia. One pilot is suspected dead.
Admiral Piquet: Who authorized the search and rescue mission?
Admiral Reigart: I did.
Admiral Piquet: Call it off. Stand down, Admiral.
Admiral Reigart: Maybe I didn't make myself clear! We have pilots down! One is probably already dead!
Admiral Piquet: Admiral, I've spoken personally to Bosnian military commanders and they assure me the shoot down was perpetrated by renegades outside of their control, attempting to disrupt the peace process.
Admiral Reigart: Well of course ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version had one dialogue substitution (removal of a single use of the word "fuck") to secure the "12" rating. For the DVD/video release, this substitution was waived by the BBFC. See more »

Connections

Followed by Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wanderer
Written by Ernie Maresca (as Ernest Maresca)
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Laurie Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Wilson does good
4 December 2001 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

BEHIND ENEMY LINES (2001) ** Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Joaquim de Almeida, David Keith, Olek Krupa, Gabriel Macht, Vladimir Mashkov. Standard military action flick with Wilson as a Navy flier whose recon mission takes a turn for the worse when his plane is shot down by hostile Serbs in the Bosnian war and his attempt to be rescued by his commanding officer (the always good and crusty Hackman) despite all odds. Wilson is a fine breath of fresh air in this otherwise creaky post-Cold War kinetic yarn. (Dir: John Moore)


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